- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 13, 2004

NORTH KOREA

U.S. nuclear demands called humiliating

BEIJING — North Korea vowed today it never would accept U.S. demands for complete dismantling of its nuclear programs, calling them a humiliating condition that could be imposed only on a country defeated in a war.

In a statement issued outside the North Korean Embassy in Beijing, foreign ministry official Park Myong-kuk expressed frustration at the U.S. hard-line stance but pledged to push on with talks in the Chinese capital.

“We had expected the U.S. to talk differently about what kind of reciprocal measures the U.S. and related countries will take if we freeze our nuclear program,” said Mr. Park, a member of the North’s delegation at the working group meeting, which enters its third day today.

“But the U.S. repeated the same position as at the previous talks that discussions [on compensation] are possible only when we commit ourselves to CVID [complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement].”

GREECE

Radical group warns Olympics visitors

ATHENS — A Greek radical group claimed responsibility yesterday for triple bombings at a police station May 5 and warned that some visitors to the Olympic Games — from heads of state to wealthy Western tourists — would be “undesirable.”

The proclamation by the group Revolutionary Struggle did not threaten future attacks, but its anger over Olympic security measures could further shake international confidence about the Aug. 13-29 Games.

CHINA

U.S.-based dissident sentenced to 5 years

BEIJING — A Chinese court sentenced a Boston-based dissident to five years in prison yesterday for purportedly entering China illegally and then spying for rival Taiwan.

Yang Jianli, 40, a Chinese citizen with permanent U.S. residency, was in China to meet with dissidents and protesting laid-off workers when he was detained in April 2002 while boarding an airline in the southwestern city of Kunming with a fake identity card.

Mr. Yang’s family says he was using a friend’s identity because he was barred from China after helping pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. Mr. Yang lives in Brookline, Mass., and runs the Foundation for China in the 21st Century, an advocacy group calling for political change in China.

GUATEMALA

Court orders arrest of ex-dictator

GUATEMALA CITY — A Guatemalan judge placed ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt under house arrest yesterday after he was accused of manslaughter for instigating a riot last year that killed a journalist.

Judge Yolanda Perez ordered that Mr. Rios Montt, banned from leaving Guatemala since March, now must be held at home.

Reporter Hector Ramirez died of a heart attack in July as he was being chased by stick-wielding rightists at a demonstration backing a presidential bid by Mr. Rios Montt.

COLOMBIA

Rebels agree to move into special zone

BOGOTA — Colombia’s outlawed right-wing paramilitary groups agreed yesterday to move into a special zone as they negotiate eventual demobilization, officials said.

Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo signed the pact with commanders of the antiguerrilla United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, at a paramilitary stronghold in northwest Colombia, Vice President Francisco Santos said.

The breakthrough in peace talks with the paramilitaries came as troops and police captured 43 suspected Marxist rebels armed with explosives and shotguns as they purportedly prepared for terrorist attacks in the capital.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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